Scot here, hailing you from the shores of Loch Ness where Sam and I are staying in a Victorian hunting lodge over the Christmas / Solstice period. Log fires, good food, good company, no snow, driving rain... It's Scotland.
We're cabinned-up in The Inch na Cardoch Hotel. That's Alan Clayton, the owner in the kilt below.
We've been having a we break and also performing the role of MC for the few days here, bringing Scottish traditions to the proceedings.
We've just been making Brides Crosses with the 19 or so guests.
Bridget is a Celtic diety who was the Goddess of hearth fire, home, the plough, poetry, wisdom and blacksmithing. She was taken into the Christian cannon of saints. Making of her crosses for the home is a blessing. We do it in the winter dark hours. Here, the guests have given them as gifts to the staff, Marian, Ali, Michelle and Rab the chef have been working hard to look after us in this fine old home…